RANDOLPH, NJ- During the holidays, the PEC group held its annual holiday party at Center Grove Elementary. PEC (Parents of Exceptional Children) is a group made up of special needs children and their families who live in the Randolph area.

Organizer Dorene Roche further explained, “The programs is a collaboration between the parents and the Special Services Department of Randolph. We provide support for families”

Events such as the holiday party gives children and young adults with special needs a chance to come together, celebrate their differences, and have a good time. It also gives them a chance to meet other kids with special needs in their district that could be living just around the corner from them. The event also provides an opportunity for the community to come together and support each other.

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“The holiday party was for children to meet each other and socialize with other children. Their parents also get to meet each other to get information and resources to help their child,” stated Roche.

The event included Gingerbread house making as well as a live performance by Randolph High School’s own Gabriela Toledo, a member of the school choir. The sophomore sang holiday hits to fit the festive spirit of the event.

The Helping Hands Club of RHS had volunteers come and help assist the management of the event. They provided their services through spending time with the kids by helping them build houses, sing songs, and by simply having casual conversation. Their efforts helped ensure the party ran smoothly.  The success of the holiday party will further establish PEC’s bright future and the creation of future events.

If you have any inquiries about PEC, please contact:

Dorene Roche at doreneroche64@icloud.com